As an iconic American brand, A&W stands for good times had over classic American food & treats. It all started in 1919 at Roy Allen’s Root Beer stand, celebrating the return of World War I veterans. After partnering with Frank Wright, the good times never stopped, as A&W became the first major food franchise, growing along with the country over the course of the next several decades.
Today, A&W remains a place for friends, families & communities to gather over the simple pleasures of great food & great company. We make quality food fresh just for you! Our Burgers are cooked-to-order with your choice of toppings, & our Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders are 100% all-white meat, lightly breaded, & cooked to juicy, mouth-watering perfection. Our Root Beer is still made fresh in our restaurants with real cane sugar - top it off with our creamy vanilla soft serve for one of our signature Root Beer Floats!
As a brewer, Chris Wright won't label beers good or bad, but that doesn't mean he has no opinions. "Any beer that appreciates the art and science of brewing," says the founder and head brewer at Pikes Peak Brewing Co., "is a good beer." That science is one that Chris began experimenting with in 1997 as a home brewer. In 2011, his one-time hobby blossomed into a local commercial enterprise, where he swapped his former home-brew equipment of 10-gallon barrels for 310-gallon tanks. "The processes are entirely the same," he says about the transition, "but the stakes are higher." So too are the rewards, as he and his colleagues demonstrated at the 2012 Colorado State Fair, where they took home three medals, including a gold for their mild british session ale, The Brits Are Back.
Along with award-winning potions, the brewery also creates a sense of community. This begins with their space, designed "to blend themes of a brewery with a coffeehouse." An open-truss ceiling swoops over both a fireplace with couches and a long bar with windows that peek into the brewery. And throughout the space are the bluish-gray accents of reclaimed beetle-kill pinewood.
The food menu offers paninis and pretzels, with the food is designed to complement to the beer, not the other way around. "There are restaurants that happen to brew beer," Chris the consummate brewer attests. "We are a brewery that happens to have some food."
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at La Casa Fiesta Restaurant, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
The menu at La Casa Fiesta Restaurant is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
During the summer months, don't miss out on La Casa Fiesta Restaurant's outdoor patio seating.
La Casa Fiesta Restaurant is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Through their catering service, La Casa Fiesta Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
At La Casa Fiesta Restaurant, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at La Casa Fiesta Restaurant.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at La Casa Fiesta Restaurant.
If you're looking for a delicious taco or burrito, you'd definitely be wise to head to La Casa Fiesta Restaurant.
For tasty fare with a Mexican twist, make your way over to the highly-rated La Casa Fiesta Restaurant.
Through the windows of Monument Hill Country Club's rustic, hilltop lodge, guests can drink in views of both the snow-capped splendor of the Rocky Mountains and the meandering fairways of the Club's 18-hole golf course. Designed by course architect J. Press Maxwell, the championship layout features long, narrow fairways that tunnel through dense groves of ponderosa pines, which place the ability to hit straight drives and see through wood at a premium. Four ponds further complicate clubbers' passage, with water in play on six holes and five daunting forced carries. A driving range and practice sand bunker help players warm up their swings and castle-building skills before rounds.
With four indoor courts and a full schedule of adult and junior tennis programs, the Monument Hill Tennis Center keeps fuzzy, racquet-propelled orbs flying through the air. The Club also encompasses a two-story fitness center, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and diverse dining options that accommodate anything from a casual post-round bite to a stately banquet to toast the tragic passing of a cherished sand wedge.
In 1984, against the advice of certain friends and family members, a man named Frankie opened a pub on the East Side of Colorado Springs. He began with little more than a small storefront and a chalkboard on which he scrawled the day's burgers and sandwiches. But over the next three decades, to the surprise of everyone except the people who ate Frankie's food, the bar doubled in size. Frankie opened a patio, installed big-screen TVs, and, with the help of his wife—who was once just one of his patrons—began printing real menus. Today, Frankie keeps his visitors full with burgers, steaks, hand-battered onion rings, and other pub eats—most of which are recipes he's been making for years and some of which were inspired by dreams about storm clouds raining nacho cheese.
But Frankie's isn't just about food and beer, it's also about community. Throughout football season, his TVs broadcast the professional and college-level games in College Tickets, games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday Tickets and ESPN's Gameplan package, ranging from regular-season match-ups to special conference games. And every Saturday, live music draws newly formed friends to the dance floor, keeping them moving long into the night.
Texas Roadhouse takes their beef seriously, earning them a multi-star rating from their many loyal customers.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Texas Roadhouse.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
The dress code is strictly casual at Texas Roadhouse, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Texas Roadhouse is located near endless parking possibilities, allowing drivers to park with ease.
Texas Roadhouse offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Texas Roadhouse is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
So the next time you go out for a real steak dinner, don't settle. Come to highly-rated Texas Roadhouse.
Texas Roadhouse serves up steaks that are grilled to perfection, so swing by today and enjoy a juicy cut of meat.
As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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A dainty sweet-potato bourbon cake (seen above). A deconstructed cheesecake topped with a sphere of fruit purée. A crème brûlée decorated with delicate, edible flowers. Ceviche plated to look more like a frothy cocktail than a bite of raw fish. These are just a few of the dishes that Chef Roque Heidler has conceptualized, plated, and posted to Instagram over the years.
Jump to his five tips for food photography.
This Tulsa chef is a bit of a Renaissance man. First and foremost, he works at The Chalkboard, an elegant New American restaurant where he does triple-duty as chef de cuisine, pastry chef, and resident plating expert. There, he quickly earned a reputation for his immaculate desserts, which helped him win the Sweets category in the first annual Taste of Groupon Awards. But that’s just his day job.
Over the years, Chef Heidler’s explored all sorts of facets of the art world. He experimented with street art in his youth, and, early on in his career, he took a two-year hiatus from the food industry to work as a tattoo artist. Today, he’s using those art skills to create the stunning desserts that first caught our attention.
We had the chance to chat with Chef Heidler after he won his award recently. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.
Turning dining into an adventure
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For Chef Heidler, cooking is all about balancing the familiar and the surprising. “I generally like to do a take on my childhood favorites,” he explained. He starts with these classic dishes and infuses them with “some sort of whimsy” while maintaining their approachability.
Frequently, that whimsy he talks about comes in the form of some sort of sneaky molecular-gastronomy trick, be it dessert gels made with agar or fruit purées transformed into delicate spheres that crack open with the whack of a spoon. Or, consider his take on chocolate pie:
“I got ahold of some methylcellulose and I did this crazy, crazy mad-scientist chocolate pie … that had this strawberry-buttermilk foam and this methylcellulose chocolate filling. [The filling] would be liquid at 70 degrees, but once you heated it up to 140, it would turn into that custard state.” The resulting dessert balanced different temperatures, textures, and flavors—subverting the diners’ expectations about what a classic chocolate pie could be.
How his unique background inspires his food
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An artistic eye pervades everything Roque Heidler does. Though it’s been years since he did any street art or worked in a tattoo parlor, those experiences still give him a unique outlook on food: “I’ll look at flavors sometimes as colors, if that makes any sense. And I plate them out like that. Sometimes I’ll base a whole dish on a color and search for those flavors that go with it,” he said.
But over the years, he’s learned to let the flavors shine as much as the aesthetics. “Like, I mean, if you dig back a little deeper in [my career] ... you’ll see more of that really, really modernistic art on the plate, and I’ve dialed back from that a lot. I kind of learned, you know, you’ve gotta plate to the crowd.”
Working under the constraints of a traditional Lebanese restaurant helped him strike the right balance even more. “I just would take their classic flavors and would try to just distribute it out in that street-art form, like, layers and different takes and elevating it with different textures. But working under that [chef] taught me a lot about not detracting from the flavors so much that you couldn’t tell where it was from.”
Plating food like a pro
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Now that he’s traded in no-frills Lebanese cuisine for fine dining at The Chalkboard, Chef Heidler has a lot more room to experiment with his food’s presentation. But even though he knows that many of his diners will rush to snap and post photos of these beautiful plates, he tries not to let that Instagram culture shape what he does too much.
“I don’t think about 6 o’clock. I don’t think about any sort of clockwise on a plate. I more or less look for that overall balance from a bird’s eye view,” he said. That’s because when a plate is placed in front of a diner, that’s the first perspective they get. And this first impression is important—even if the guest immediately drops down to plate level to snap that perfect piece of food-porn photography.
They say that you eat with your eyes first, so moments like these are vital to a restaurant’s success. But last impressions are just as important as first ones at The Chalkboard. “I love doing the plate ups on desserts because it’s gonna be the last thing that sticks in your mind when you leave,” Chef Heidler said.
Five tips for improving your food photography
When his knack for plating, arts background, and love of Instagram, Chef Heidler is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to food photography. That’s why we took the opportunity to ask him for some of his best tips.
1. Find the best lighting.
Natural light is your friend.
2. Shoot on neutral backgrounds.
Chef Heidler works on gray tables at The Chalkboard, but he recommends photographing your own food on “anything black or white—that’s always going to give another element to your photo.”
3. Combine different textures.
Varying textures form the most interesting compositions. “Try to provide three different textures, be it a purée, be it a frozen element, be it something crunchy. ... That’s what’s going to give you that depth in your dish.”
4. Add some acid to boost the colors.
This is especially true if you’re photographing a dish you cooked yourself. “[Acid] will give you those bright, vibrant colors everybody tries to achieve,” he suggests. This usually means adding lemon juice or white vinegar to a dish to bring out its natural green, purples, or reds.
5. Try different angles.
He explains, “Take a step around, even if it’s like, I don’t know, 6 inches from where you were just at. You might capture a cooler way.”
Don’t roll up to the bar trying to stump Brandon Phillips. Brandon knows his cocktails. And he likes a challenge. As the bar director at Chicago’s The Duck Inn, he’s had more than a few. As he told us:
A neighborhood guest was positive I couldn’t make him an old-fashioned that tasted like a prime-rib dinner. A little beef bouillon, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, rum, and voilà, the Prime Rib Old-Fashioned was born.
In the video below, hear more on craft, cocktail culture, and good old-fashioned hospitality directly from Brandon, the winner in our inaugural Taste of Groupon Awards for the The Drink Award for the Advancement of Potent Potables.